Chuck Hagel

Hagel: WH Rethinking Opposition to Arming Syrian Rebels

by Washington Free Beacon  |  published on May 3, 2013

The White House is reconsidering its opposition to arming the Syrian rebels, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said Thursday.

While taking questions during a joint press conference with his British counterpart, Defense Secretary Philip Hammond, Hagel told reporters that the administration is considering a range of options, though he is personally unsure what option to pursue.

The Washington Post reported on Tuesday that the administration is considering providing lethal aid to the Syrian rebels after confirming that chemical weapons had been used there.

“We’re clearly on an upward trajectory,” a senior White House official told the Washington Post. “We’ve moved over to assistance that has a direct military purpose.”

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